Hey there, guest blogger Adrianna Davis here!
I’ve been trying to figure out something that I could write for my first blog. I was having a lot of trouble with it and figured, well, let’s get back to the basics!
What is Fiction?
Fiction is literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.
What are the types of Fiction?
- Fable – narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tale
- Fairy tale – story about fairies or other magical creatures, usually for children
- Fantasy – fiction with strange or other worldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
- Fiction narrative – literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact
- Fiction in verse – full-length novels with plot, subplot(s), theme(s), major and minor characters, in which the narrative is presented in verse form (usually free verse)
- Folklore – the songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or “folk” as handed down by word of mouth
- Historical fiction – story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
- Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader
- Humor – Usually a fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain and sometimes cause intended laughter; but can be contained in all genres
- Legend – story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, that has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material
- Metafiction – also known as romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses self-reference to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the “truth” of a story
- Mystery – fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
- Mythology – legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods
- Poetry – verse and rhythmic writing with imagery that creates emotional responses
- Realistic fiction – story that is true to life
- Science fiction – story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets
- Short story – fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots
- Tall tale – humorous story with blatant exaggerations, swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance
(taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_literary_genres)
There’s more than these examples, but I think that this covers a lot of the different sub genres.
How long can fiction be?
Flash Fiction: 3 pages MAX!
Short Stories: under 7,500 words
Novelette: 7,500-17,500 words
Novella: 17,500-40,000 words
Novel: over 40,000 words
In my fiction workshop class, we had to read this fantastic book! It’s called “The Art and Craft of Fiction” by Michael Kardos! It was very insightful. I disagreed with somethings he said, but I agreed with most everything. He offers wonderful advice, like how to begin a story and how to end a story and every step of the writing process in between. He even goes as far as to explain grammar mistakes often made in writing, along with examples of stories and writing prompts.
A Bit of Advice
In the wise words of one of my favorite professors, “Writing is like a knife fight, you do what you need to do to survive, even if it means breaking the rules!”
Don’t let anyone tell you how your story should go! They don’t know your world and your characters like you do! Don’t let anyone make you feel inferior because you writing short stories as opposed to novels. Don’t let anyone tell you how to mold your craft. You are an artist and your art is yours to do with what you will!
Okay, so that’s all I have for right now. I’m just going to tell you a bit about myself and then be done!
My name is Adrianna Davis. I am a 21 year old author from Arkansas in the US. I am a senior in college, one year away from earning my bachelors degree in Creative Writing! 🙂 I’m married with two bonus kiddos! They are my life! I love to read, write (obviously) and obsess over my fandoms! (Harry Potter, Sherlock, Merlin, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Law and Order: SVU ect ect.) I have a novelette and a collection of poems published via Titan Inkorp (where they are currently having a free promo banner deal with no strings attached!) That pretty much sums me up!
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Thank you for allowing me to contribute to this amazing blog! I hope to continue to post more helpful information along with awesome reviews and other fun stuff! Keep coming back, you never know what’s in store! 🙂